Moto3: Mir on top as Martin breaks a leg

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Joan Mir ended the first day of Moto3 action at the German Grand Prix top of the time sheets – but the day ended in disaster for Mr Pole Position Jorge Martin, after a crash in free practice two left the Spaniard with a broken leg.

Martin was the fastest man of the morning session with a time fast enough to end the day third fastest overall – but his crash at turn two, which brought out the red flags on the session, left him with a broken right tibia and ankle, ruling him out of contention for the rest of the season.

Mir and Martin were separated by Italian Romano Fenati on the timesheet, with German rider Philipp Oettl rising to the occasion at his home race to top the provisional second row ahead of Livio Loi and Bo Bendsneyder.

Brits John McPhee, on the British Talent Team Honda, and former world champion Danny Kent, wildcarding for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad, came home in 16th and 17th respectively. However, Kent will need to improve his pace in qualifying tomorrow after being penalised twelve places on the grid for touring.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer